AceShowbiz - Hulu has announced that it has given a straight-to-series order to a scripted drama that will tell the story of the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the greatest rap groups. Titled "Wu-Tang: An American Saga", the upcoming series will have 10 episodes and is inspired by "The Wu-Tang Manual" and "Tao of Wu".
Set in early '90s New York, "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" is pitched as a based-on-true-story drama that follows the Clan's formation at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. The group is "a vision of Bobby Diggs a.k.a. The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories."
Frontman RZA will pen the script alongside Alex Tse ("SuperFly"). In addition to writing, RZA will serve as executive producer with fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man, Tse, Imagine's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA and the Estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard are also attached on the project, serving as consulting producers. Meanwhile, James Seidman will oversee the project for Imagine.
"I've been a fan of Wu-Tang since the mid-90's and recognized quickly how significant Wu-Tang and The RZA were to the world of hip-hop music and culture. Over the years I've gotten to know RZA and it's clear that he is the soul and storyteller of Wu-Tang," Grazer said in a statement. "Working with RZA and Alex Tse on this series has been a highlight of my career and Hulu is the perfect partner to bring this story to a global audience."
"The Wu Tang's unique musical form and authentic storytelling continues to speak to our times," added said Craig Erwich, Hulu's SVP of Originals. "This series is a conversation worthy event that will bring their history and music to life in a way that hasn't been seen before."
RZA said, "I'm delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to explore the vast story of the Wuniverse. Wu-Tang through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the Wu - Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of ODB 'Wu-Tang is for the Children'."
"Wu-Tang: An American Saga" is the first series order for Imagine since it became an independent production company/studio.